The Justice League is a team of fictional superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The Justice League was conceived by writer Gardner Fox, they first appeared together, as Justice League of America in The Brave and the Bold #28; the Justice League is an assemblage of superheroes. The seven original members were Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman; the team roster has rotated throughout the years, consisting of various superheroes from the DC Universe, such as The Atom, Big Barda, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Elongated Man, the Flash/Wally West, Green Lantern/John Stewart, Hawkman, Plastic Man, Power Girl, Red Tornado, Captain Marvel/Shazam, Zatanna, among many others. The team received its own comic book title called Justice League of America in November 1960. With the 2011 relaunch, DC Comics released a second volume of Justice League. In July 2016, the DC Rebirth initiative again relaunched the Justice League comic book titles with the third volume of Justice League.
Since its inception, the team has been featured in various films, television programs, video games. Various comic book series featuring the Justice League have remained popular with fans since inception and, in most incarnations, its roster includes DC's most popular characters; the Justice League concept has been adapted into various other entertainment media, including various forms of television from the classic Saturday morning Super Friends animated series, a live action series of specials Legends of the Superheroes, an unproduced Justice League of America live-action series, the acclaimed Justice League animated series, its sequel Justice League Unlimited and Justice League Action. A live-action film was in the works around 2008 before being shelved. On June 6, 2012, Warner Bros. announced a new live action Justice League film was in development with Will Beall hired as screenwriter. However, the project was scrapped again. After the success of the Superman reboot Man of Steel, a film titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released in March 2016, directed by Zack Snyder.
Batman v Superman script writer Chris Terrio has penned the script for Justice League. In a story told in flashback in Justice League of America #9, the Appelaxians infiltrated Earth. Competing alien warriors were sent to see who could conquer Earth first, to determine who will become the new ruler of their home planet; the aliens' attacks drew the attentions of Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman. While the superheroes individually defeated most of the invaders, the heroes fell prey to a single competitor's attack. For many years, the heroes heralded this adventure as the event that prompted them to agree to pool resources when confronted with similar menaces. In Justice League of America #144, Green Arrow uncovered inconsistencies in the team's records and extracted admissions from his colleagues that the seven founders had formed the League after Martian Manhunter was rescued from Martian forces by the other six founders, along with several other heroes including Robin, Congorilla, Rex the Wonder Dog, Lois Lane.
Green Lantern participated in this first adventure as Hal Jordan, as he had yet to become the costumed hero, the biggest inconsistency Arrow found, as they celebrated the earlier incident's date, while recounting only the one's events. When the group formalized their agreement, they suppressed news of it because of anti-Martian hysteria; because the heroes had not revealed their identities to each other at the time, they did not realize that Jordan and Green Lantern were one and the same when he turned up in costume during the event described in #9. While most subsequent accounts of the League have made little mention of this first adventure, the animated Justice League series adapted this tale as the origin of the Justice League as well. Secret Origins vol. 2, #32 updated Justice League of America #9's origin for post-Crisis continuity. Differences included the inclusion of the Silver Age Black Canary as a founding member and the absence of Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman; the JLA: Year One limited series, by Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn and Barry Kitson, further expanded the Secret Origins depiction.
In Justice League Task Force #16, during Zero Hour, a unknown superhuman named Triumph appeared. Triumph was their leader. On his first mission with the Justice League, Triumph "saved the world" but was teleported into a dimensional limbo that affected the timestream, erasing all memory of him. In Infinite Crisis #7, the formation of "New Earth" restored Wonder Woman as a founding member of the Justice League. In Brad Meltzer's Justice League of America #0, it was revealed that Superman and Batman were again founding members as well. 52 #51 confirmed that the 1989 Secret Origins and JLA: Year One origins were still in continuity at that time, with Superman and Wonder Woman joining the team with founding members' status shortly after the group's formation with Aquaman, Black Canary, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter. In Justice League of America #12, the founding members of the Justice League were shown to be Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and
David Emmett Cockrum was an American comics artist known for his co-creation of the new X-Men characters Nightcrawler and Colossus. Cockrum was a prolific and inventive costume designer who updated the uniforms of the Legion of Super-Heroes, he did the same for many of their antagonists in the 1970s and early 1980s. Cockrum was born on November 1943, in Pendleton, Oregon, his father was a lieutenant colonel of the United States Air Force, resulting in the Cockrums transporting their household from one city to another for years. Cockrum discovered comic books at a young age. Other artists whose work the young Cockrum admired were Wally Wood, Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson, Joe Kubert; as a young man, Cockrum was a dedicated "letterhack," who had many letters printed in comic book letter columns such as Fantastic Four #22, The Amazing Spider-Man #12, The Atom #1, Fantastic Four #36. A letter from Cockrum in Fantastic Four #34 led to a correspondence with Andrea Kline, who became his first wife. Cockrum's ambition was to become a comic-book creator himself.
Following his school graduation, Cockrum joined the United States Navy for six years. During this time, Cockrum had a child with her, Ivan Sean, he created the character Nightcrawler during this time, though the character would not be used until years later. Despite serving during the Vietnam War, Cockrum found time to contribute artwork to comics fanzines such as Star-Studded Comics and Fantastic Fanzine. After leaving the military, Cockrum found employment with Warren Publishing, he was hired as an assistant inker to Murphy Anderson, inking various titles featuring Superman and Superboy for DC Comics. At the time, Superboy featured a "Legion of Super-Heroes" backup strip; when the position of artist for "The Legion of Super-Heroes" was left vacant, Cockrum sought the job and was rewarded with his first assignment drawing a feature. Cockrum's work on the feature, beginning with a backup story in Superboy #184 and recurring in several following issues "established an exciting new vibe", he remained the artist on the Superboy series after the Legion of Super-Heroes became the main feature of the book with #197 and his art redefined the look of the Legion, creating new costumes and designs that would last until artist Keith Giffen did a similar revamp in the 1980s.
Cockrum drew the story wherein the characters Bouncing Boy and Duo Damsel were married in Superboy Starring the Legion of Super-Heroes #200. Cockrum left DC and the Legion in a dispute involving the return of his original artwork from that issue. Prior to his departure, Cockrum had been preparing to be the regular artist on an ongoing Captain Marvel Jr. back-up strip in the Shazam! Series for DC. Moving over to a staff position at Marvel and Len Wein under the direction of editor Roy Thomas created the new X-Men, co-creating such characters as Storm and Colossus. Storm and Nightcrawler were directly based on characters which Cockrum had intended to introduce into the Legion of Super-Heroes storyline had he remained on the title; these characters made their debut in Giant-Size X-Men #1, in a relaunched Uncanny X-Men. Journalist Tom Spurgeon wrote, Cockrum's penciled interiors on those first few issues of the "new" X-Men were dark and appealingly dramatic.... Cockrum gave those first few issues of X-Men a sumptuous, late-'70s cinema style that separated the book from the rest of Marvel's line, superhero comics in general.
Reading those X-Men comics felt like sneaking into a movie starring Sean Connery or Sigourney Weaver, not like flipping on the television. Uncanny X-Men felt new and different right away, Cockrum's art was a tremendous part of that. Cockrum stayed with the title until 1977, when he was succeeded by penciller John Byrne with issue #108; the final issue of his original, regular run introduced the Starjammers, a spacefaring superhero team he had intended to debut in their own series. Issue #110, which Cockrum co-pencilled with Tony DeZuniga, was an inventory issue, he and Paty Cockrum were married on April 28, 1978. Cockrum quit his staff job at Marvel in 1979 and his angry resignation letter was printed in Iron Man #127 but he continued to work for Marvel as a freelancer. Cockrum was Marvel's primary cover artist during this period, penciled and/or inked a number of other titles for DC during this time. Although not a regular artist on the series, he re-designed the costume for Ms. Marvel; when John Byrne left the X-Men in 1981, Cockrum returned to the title with issue #145 but left again with issue #164 to work on The Futurians.
He returned to the X-Universe in 1985 with a four-part Nightcrawler limited series that he wrote as well, a two-part Starjammers limited series in 1990 and an X-Men short story for Marvel Holiday Special #1 in 1991. Two unpublished fill-in issues that Cockrum pencilled in the early 1990s for X-Men and New Mutants were released together posthumously as the one-shot X-Men: Odd Men Out in 2008. In 1983, Cockrum produced The Futurians, first as a graphic novel, as an ongoing series published by Lodestone Comics. Though it did not last past issue #3, a collected edition was published by Eternity Comics in 1987 that included the "missing" issue #4. In 1995, Aardwolf Publishing printed the "missing" issue as Futurians #0, with a new five-page story by Cockrum and
The Overmaster is a DC Comics supervillain. He first appeared behind the scenes in Justice League of America #233, was created by Gerry Conway and Chuck Patton. A 580 million-year-old alien who considered himself a celestial force beyond good and evil, with the purpose to "act when judgment has been passed". After judging a world unworthy, he would collect a sample of each species of the planet terminate all other life; the Overmaster first appeared on Earth years ago, assigning the original Cadre to put the human race to a "test". The original Justice League defeated the Cadre, after which the Overmaster vanished. Years he returned, acting through heralds such as the Aryan Brigade, the New Extremists, the Cadre of the Immortal. Making his presence known, the Overmaster selected villains from each of the groups to form a new powerful Cadre known as the Cadre of the Immortal; the Overmaster was powerful but not imaginative. He announced his intention to destroy the Earth in one week, erasing Central City from the planet and stopping all deaths and births across the globe as proof of his power.
The Justice League invaded the Overmaster’s spacecraft and used its technology to reverse all effects of the Overmaster’s activities. Overmaster was accidentally killed by Will Everett III, the second Amazing Man, after the Justice League member Ice had been killed by the villain. Following this event, the League moved into the Refuge, Overmaster’s space station, making it their new headquarters. Overmaster’s exact powers are unknown, he has access to advanced technology and he has undefined energy powers. DCU Guide: Overmaster DCU Guide: Overmaster chronology
Sensei (DC Comics)
The Sensei, is a fictional supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The Sensei was created by writer-artist Neal Adams and first appeared in Strange Adventures #215; the character is a martial arts sensei and adversary of the superhero Batman, along with Deadman and several other heroes. Sensei first was created by Neal Adams. Ra's al Ghul may have founded the League of Assassins, but he would leave much of its affairs in the hands of Professor Ebeneezer Darrk and his second in command: the Sensei, an aged martial arts master from Hong Kong. After earning Ra's enmity, Darrk died during a plot to kidnap Talia al Ghul, foiled by Batman; the Sensei was put in charge of the League afterwards. For a time, the Sensei was possessed by the spirit called Jonah, who in Sensei's body was responsible for the murder of Boston Brand, who became Deadman after his death. After a struggle with Deadman and Rama Kushna, Jonah was destroyed and the Sensei resumed control of his body. For a brief time, the Sensei assumed leadership of the League of Assassins.
By this stage, the Sensei was insane with no goals other than to raise assassination to an art form. Among other crimes he used Bronze Tiger, the brainwashed partner of Richard Dragon, to carry out a number of assassinations. Most notably he used the Bronze Tiger to occupy Batman in battle, while other assassins killed Batman's friend Kathy Kane, he next attempted to kill a number of dignitiaries by having the League plant explosives along a fault line, stating that using a force of nature to carry out an assassination would be his greatest work of art. Although Batman arrived in time to rescue the delegates, he was unable to stop the earthquake. With no time to pursue the Sensei himself, Batman was forced to allow Ra's al Ghul to go after the assassin. Sensei engaged himself in a fight to the death with Ra's al Ghul, during which both of them were swallowed by the earthquake. Ra's lived thanks to his rejuvenating Lazarus Pit; the Sensei somehow survived, to reappear in the "Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul" storyline, wherein he is revealed to be Ra's al Ghul's father.
When Ra's and Batman seek the Fountain of Youth in the Valley of Nanda Parbat, Sensei confronts them both, stabbing Ra's' decaying body and attacking Batman, arrogantly informing the Dark Knight that, while he can only maintain the necessary physical strength to vanquish Batman for two minutes at his age, he only needs one minute to break him. However, Batman is able to take him by surprise, it destroys Sensei due to his impure spirit, but Batman is not only healed, but slightly rejuvenated by his dip in the waters. The Sensei is an expert martial artist, his longevity allowed him to learn dozens of martial arts over the centuries, able to beat Batman within minutes, although his age meant that he was unable to physically confront the Dark Knight for long enough to do so. The Sensei appears in Batman: Odyssey. In this incarnation, he is one of Ra's al Ghul's sons. Sensei appears in the comic book tie-in to Young Justice. In issue 3, Sensei is instructed by the Light to eliminate former associates of Cadmus.
He sends Black Spider to assassinate Farano Enterprise CEO Selena Gonzales. In issue 11, Sensei and Talia al Ghul oversaw the revival of Ra's al Ghul; the revival of Ra's al Ghul worked, but Clayface emerged from the pit as well calling out Talia's name as Sensei blamed Talia. In issue 12, Sensei chops Clayface's arm; when Ra's al Ghul appears, Sensei tells him. After Ra's al Ghul tells Clayface that he is still a member of the League of Shadows and commands him to sleep, he orders Sensei to ship Clayface to Gotham City so that he can bother Batman; the Sensei appeared in the comic book Batman: The Gotham Adventures. Unlike his counterpart in the mainstream DC Universe, this version of the Sensei was more directly responsible for the murder of Boston Brand, creating the ghostly hero Deadman. In the comics, the Hook killed Boston Brand as part of his attempt to join the League of Assassins with Brand being the easier target between him and Dick Grayson, performing the stunt with him; the Sensei served the Ra's al Ghul of the animated series, training assassins for the immortal's use.
After being tracked down to the League's headquarters in Tibet, the Sensei engaged both Batman and Batgirl in combat and was defeating them when the battle was broken up by Ra's al Ghul and Talia al Ghul. Ra's required Batman for his plans and when Batman refused to leave without the Sensei, Ra's ordered the Sensei to go with Batman. Neither wishing to get in the way of Ra's plans nor to spend the rest of his days in prison, the Sensei chose a third option and walked out one of the windows of his mountain hideaway, falling to his death; the Sensei appears in the Young Justice episode "Infiltrator", voiced by Keone Young. Here, he appears as a high-ranking member of the League of Shadows and with this show taking place on Earth-16, Sensei is not Ra's al Ghul's father as stated by Greg Weisman, he had abducted Dr. Serling Roquette in order to have her create the "Fog" (a bunch of nanites designed to devour information for the Leagu
League of Assassins
The League of Assassins is a group of fictional villains appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The group is depicted as a collective of assassins who work for Ra's al Ghul, an enemy of the superhero Batman; the League of Assassins has been adapted into other media several times, predominantly in animated Batman productions, the live action Batman film series The Dark Knight Trilogy, as well as the CW TV show Arrow, the FOX TV show Gotham. Ra's al Ghul split from the ancient Order of the Assassins in a successor movement, their followers claim to have annulled and deposed centers of civilizations such as: Baghdad, Rome. The followers of the League Of Assassins aim to enforce their brutal and ruthless brand of justice on the world; the recruits of the League of Assassins follow a strict regimen, carrying distinct black emblems and supplies up to their mountain lairs. These new recruits are called Ghuls, because they emerge after proclaiming their final prayers in their own prefabricated graves before initiating in various, assigned operations.
Unlike the ancient Order of the Assassins, whose main objective was to halt sectarian conflicts and wars within the world. The League of Assassins was founded by Ra's al Ghul to be "the fang that protects the head". Members of the League demonstrated willingness to die at a word from Ra's, they have included some of the most dangerous assassins in the world including Lady Shiva, David Cain, Merlyn. For much of its current history, any member who failed in an assassination was in turn targeted by the League. Indeed, one of its best-known members, the master-archer Merlyn, was forced to flee from the League, fearing for his life, having failed to assassinate Batman. In more recent years, this policy has relaxed somewhat. Ebeneezer Darcel, aka Doctor Darrk, was the first known individual assigned to head the League of Assassins by Ra's al Ghul. Darrk himself was seconded by the Sensei, a martial arts master from Hong Kong. Although many of the League's leaders over the years have been accomplished martial artists, Darrk himself did not depend on physical prowess, as an assassin he instead relied upon careful planning and manipulation and death traps, as well as a variety of cleverly concealed weapons and poisons.
Although the League had an inner circle of elite fighters as well as a large number of warriors trained in the martial arts, the League during Darrk's tenure as leader reflected his personal methodology. Following a "falling out" with Ra's Darrk kidnapped Ra's daughter, Talia al Ghul. Batman became involved in this matter while attempting to bring the League to justice for a number of recent killings. Although he had connected the League to several assassinations over the years, all previous attempts to investigate had met dead-ends. Batman rescued Darrk died while trying to kill them. Under the direction of the organization's second known leader, the villainous Sensei, the League became more brutal, rebelled against Ra's' rule. Although the Sensei's methods resembled Darrk's, the majority of the League's operatives showed little to no real skill in personal combat, the Sensei did show more reliance on skilled martial artists; this version of the League is best known for two assassinations. As part of an initiation process, the operative known as'the Hook was assigned to murder Boston Brand.
Additionally, Professor Ojo brainwashed Ben Turner, creating an alternate personality dubbed the Bronze Tiger, turning the master martial artist into a League operative. As the Bronze Tiger, Turner defeated Batman in personal combat while another League operative murdered Kathy Kane. Turner's earlier training at the hands of O-Sensei proved too strong for the League to break, when he refused to kill Batman he was forced to flee the League. Not long afterwards, the insane Sensei - no longer motivated by anything but a desire to raise assassination to an art – attempted to cause an artificial earthquake in order to kill a number of diplomats gathered for peace talks. Batman traced Ben Turner to a hospital. Turner could not remember the actions of his alternate personality but he was able to aid Batman in uncovering the Sensei's latest plot. Although Batman was unable to prevent the earthquake it was only the Sensei himself that died in the disaster, control of the League returned to Ra's, it was more revealed that, prior to the betrayals of Doctor Daark and the Sensei, Ra's had grown tired of the fickle loyalties of his warriors.
Ra's assigned David Cain to create a perfect bodyguard. After early attempts to raise such a person resulted in hopelessly psychotic children, Cain decided that he needed a genetically suited child and began searching for a possible mother. To this end he assassinated Carolyn Woosan/Wu-San, one of two astonishingly talented martial artist sisters he had seen fighting in an exhibition. Carolyn'
Kukulkan is the name of a Mesoamerican serpent deity. Prior to the Spanish Conquest of the Yucatán, Kukulkan was worshipped by the Yucatec Maya peoples of the Yucatán Peninsula, in what is now Mexico; the depiction of the Feathered Serpent is present in other cultures of Mesoamerica. Kukulkan is related to the deity Qʼuqʼumatz of the Kʼicheʼ people and to Quetzalcoatl of Aztec mythology. Little is known of the mythology of this Pre-Columbian era deity. Although Mexicanised, Kukulkan has his origins among the Maya of the Classic Period, when he was known as Waxaklahun Ubah Kan, the War Serpent, he has been identified as the Postclassic version of the Vision Serpent of Classic Maya art; the cult of Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl was the first Mesoamerican religion to transcend the old Classic Period linguistic and ethnic divisions. This cult facilitated communication and peaceful trade among peoples of many different social and ethnic backgrounds. Although the cult was centred on the ancient city of Chichen Itza in the modern Mexican state of Yucatán, it spread as far as the Guatemalan Highlands.
In Yucatán, references to the deity Kukulkan are confused by references to a named individual who bore the name of the god. Because of this, the distinction between the two has become blurred; this individual appears to have been a ruler or priest at Chichen Itza who first appeared around the 10th century. Although Kukulkan was mentioned as a historical person by Maya writers of the 16th century, the earlier 9th-century texts at Chichen Itza never identified him as human and artistic representations depicted him as a Vision Serpent entwined around the figures of nobles. At Chichen Itza, Kukulkan is depicted presiding over sacrifice scenes. Sizeable temples to Kukulkan are found at archaeological sites throughout the north of the Yucatán Peninsula, such as Chichen Itza and Mayapan. In the Yucatec Maya language, the name is spelt Kʼukʼulkan and in Tzotzil it is Kʼukʼul-chon; the Yucatec form of the name is formed from the word kuk "feather" with the adjectival suffix -ul, giving kukul "feathered", combined with kan "snake", giving a literal meaning of "feathered snake".
Kukulkan was a deity associated with the Itza state in the northern Yucatán Peninsula, where the cult formed the core of the state religion. Although the cult of Kukulkan had its origins in earlier Maya traditions, the Itza worship of Kukulkan was influenced by the Quetzalcoatl cult of central Mexico; this influence arrived via Putún Maya merchants from the Gulf Coast of Mexico. These Chontal merchants actively promoted the feathered serpent cult throughout Mesoamerica. Kukulkan headed a pantheon of deities of mixed Maya and non-Maya provenance, used to promote the Itza political and commercial agenda, it eased the passage of Itza merchants into central Mexico and other non-Maya areas, promoting the Itza economy. At Chichen Itza, Kukulkan ceased to be the Vision Serpent that served as a messenger between the king and the gods and came instead to symbolise the divinity of the state. El Castillo, Chichen Itza served as a temple to Kukulkan. During the spring and fall equinoxes the shadow cast by the angle of the sun and edges of the nine steps of the pyramid combined with the northern stairway and the stone serpent head carvings create the illusion of a massive serpent descending the pyramid.
After the fall of Chichen Itza, the nearby Postclassic city of Mayapan became the centre of the revived Kukulkan cult, with temples decorated with feathered serpent columns. At the time of the Spanish colonization, the high priest of Kukulkan was the family patriarch of the Xiu faction and was one of the two most powerful men in the city; the cult of Kukulkan spread as far as the Guatemalan Highlands, where Postclassic feathered serpent sculptures are found with open mouths from which protrude the heads of human warriors. Stories are still told about Kukulkan among the modern Yucatec Maya. In one tale, Kukulkan is a boy, born as a snake; as he grew older it became obvious that he was the plumed serpent and his sister cared for him in a cave. He grew to such a size that his sister was unable to continue feeding him, so he flew out of his cave and into the sea, causing an earthquake. To let his sister know that he is still alive, Kukulkan causes earth tremors every year in July. A modern collection of folklore from Yucatán tells how Kukulkan was a winged serpent that flew to the sun and tried to speak to it but the sun, in its pride, burnt his tongue.
The same source relates how Kukulkan always travels ahead of the Yucatec Maya rain god Chaac, helping to predict the rains as his tail moves the winds and sweeps the earth clean. Among the Lacandon Maya of Chiapas, Kukulkan is an evil, monstrous snake, the pet of the sun god
Black Lantern Corps
The Black Lantern Corps is a fictional organization of corporeal revenants appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, related to the emotional spectrum. The group is composed of deceased fictional characters from the publications in zombie form that seek to eliminate all life from the DC Universe. Prior to the Blackest Night event, Black Hand had been established as a villain within the pages of Green Lantern. Writer Geoff Johns revisited his origin and expanded upon certain aspects of it during the Green Lantern: Secret Origin story arc. During the arc, Hand's energy-absorbing weapon is revealed to have been constructed by Atrocitus, enemy of the Guardians of the Universe and future founder of the Red Lantern Corps. Atrocitus comes to Earth and approaches Hand, recognizing him as a "doorway to the black" that possesses the power to bring about the Blackest Night. Hand manages to pockets the weapon as he flees; the possession of this weapon soon leads him to become an enemy of the Green Lantern Corps, as he now feels a need to extinguish the light of the emotional spectrum.
While being transported to prison, Black Hand experiences a sudden power surge that kills his captors. Xander roams the desert, hearing a voice instructing him to reclaim the souls of characters who were reanimated. Hand murders his family and commits suicide; the Guardian Scar arrives, creates the first black power ring, which reanimates Black Hand. She reveals that Hand is the physical embodiment of death, serves as the avatar of the Black Lantern Corps in the same manner that Ion and the Predator are for willpower and love respectively. Hand digs up Bruce Wayne's corpse, removes his skull, recites the Black Lantern oath for the first time. Soon after, black power rings descend upon the universe and begin reviving the deceased as Black Lanterns that attack both the heroes and the villains of the DC Universe, it is claimed the Power Battery is in Space Sector 666. Black Hand is seen holding Wayne's skull in all future appearances, embracing it in a necrophiliac manner in Blackest Night #1 as the black power rings appear from the Black Power Battery, exclaiming that Wayne's death "plays a far greater role in the Blackest Night" than anyone thinks.
At the end of the issue, it is shown that Black Hand uses the skull to produce new power rings at will, creating two rings for the newly deceased Carter Hall and Kendra Saunders. In Blackest Night #3, Indigo-1 describes the premise behind the Black Lantern Corps' fictional relationship with the universe, she explains that the darkness in existence before the creation of the universe is what powers the Black Lanterns. Banished at the dawn of time by the white light of creation, its fighting back causes the white light to be fractured into the emotional spectrum; the events transpiring throughout the titles of Blackest Night are a result of the darkness, once again, fighting back against creation. She goes on to describe how a combination of all seven lights can restore the white light of creation and bring an end to the Black Lanterns. Throughout the Blackest Night event, each time a Black Lantern removes the heart of one of their victims, a black, lantern-shaped speech balloon depicts an ever-rising power level increasing in increments of 0.1 percent.
In Blackest Night #4, the power meter is filled and Scar is able to transport the Black Central Power Battery to Coast City, the true mastermind behind the Black Lanterns is able to step into the main DC Universe: Nekron. After being introduced into a primary role within the Blackest Night event, Indigo-1 recruits Hal Jordan to gather a team capable of recreating the white light of creation; the story unfolding in Green Lantern depicts Jordan and Indigo-1 recruiting Carol Ferris, Saint Walker and Larfleeze to their purpose. In Blackest Night #5, the team assaults the Black Central Power Battery with the opposite results intended. Nekron is strengthened and able to recruit living characters reanimated from death to his Black Lantern Corps. Although the seven Corps representatives attempt to summon aid by recruiting temporary deputies until the rest of their Corps arrive - Ganthet joins the Green Lantern Corps, Scarecrow joins the Sinestro Corps, Barry Allen joins the Blue Lanterns, the Atom joins the Indigo Tribe, Mera joins the Red Lanterns, Lex Luthor is inducted into the Orange Lanterns, Wonder Woman is saved from her Black Lantern identity to join the Star Sapphires - they are nearly thwarted when Nekron digs up the Entity, the first life in the universe, attempts to kill it.
After Sinestro attempts and fails to merge with the entity similar to Hal's bond with Parallax - Sinestro powering the entity with his ego rather than his will to survive - Hal takes control of the Entity himself, noting that the heroes still chose to return to life if Nekron gave them the opportunity. With this behind him, Hal merges with the entity and frees the reanimated heroes from Nekron's hold, creating the White Lantern Corps in the process, subsequently reanimates Black Hand and the Anti-Monitor to deprive Nekron of his tether in the living world and his power source respectively; the White Lanterns used the power of the White Light to vanquish Nekron and the threat of the Blackest Night passed with the Black Lanterns disintegrating along with their power rings. Though destroyed, an aspect of the Black Lanterns returned within Firestorm when his dark undead persona emer